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  1. Fan tastic fan installation today. I used a home depot jigsaw blade for thin metal. Drilled to get it started, then finished it off with a file. I'm letting the putty tape settle before I apply the lap sealant. I didn't want to frame it on the inside so I just cut the bolts. I plan to cover the cut bolts with something. Definitely moves a lot of air.
  2. Here is the stock ford light I mentioned. You can tell its on the driver side.
  3. I ordered some curtains off amazon and the fit fairly well. I tied a fisherman's knot to a d ring on both sides to make it tight. It's easy to stuff the side of the curtain into a hole in the body to make it more private. I'm happy with how it turned out.
  4. Here is the passenger side panel. The outlet labeled 12V is connected to the vehicle battery and the front 2 are connected to the house battery. Here is the driver side panel with the rocker switch for the light. I ordered a ford light to keep the stock look. This one is mounted opposite to the exact same light that comes on when the door is opened.
  5. Here is what the battery and isolator look like. I secured the battery by myself and it shows. Good thing is no one will see this. We placed the fuse box so that it could be accessed from the stock fuse panel in the stock plastics. I took out those boards because they took up too much space. I wired up 2 blue sea 12v outlets and 2 2.1 amp USB outlets and one light switch.
  6. I finally got around to working on the electrical system. I went with a Keyline Battery Isolator and a 100 AH Renogy battery. A friend in the SoCal area helped with the install. He did a great job and is willing to work on other vans in the area. The first step was locating this bus bar under the computer, and then under the "fuze box". There was an open spot with a 80 W fuse where I connected my 15' 4 gage battery cable. Next we routed the wire through the engine compartment and underneath the van to that secret spot in the middle of the van and sealed it off with some RTV. We were able to route the cable into the cab through an existing hole. We just had to push out a rubber grommet. Here you can also see where we grounded the battery to an existed threaded hole in the van.
  7. OK So i finally started the build after owning it for more than a year. 🙄 I don't know all the detail of the build, but I know some of the stuff. Instead of trying to plan every last detail in advance I decided to just get started. 1. I bought a couple 4x8 sheets of cardboard from a local shipping supplies store. $18 2. I already had various cutting tools for the cardboard. 3. I cut out the templates fairly quickly. It helped to have extra. I was able to make 4 4x4 panels which translated into 4 tries to get it good. 4. I bought a Black and Decker jigsaw off Amazon for $50 5. I bought a 4x8x0.75 sheet of unfinished birch at the home improvement store for $50. I had them cut it into 2 4x4 squares. 6. I took it home and traced the cardboard templates onto the back side of the birch 7. I i got to cutting. It was way easier than expected. 8. There was one existing threaded hole near the top of the panel. I marked it as best I could on the board and drilled it. It took 2 tries. 9. I screwed in each panel with only one bolt. Eventually i'll need plus nuts or riv-nuts to put in more bolts. 10. I already had basically all the plastic removed. I wanted the boards to be resting on the floor of the van in order to support the most weight possible. 11. I threw back in the foam floor mat. The edges are going up the sides of the boards. Once I feel like everything is good I will cut the floor mat to fit. I do not intend to put in a wood floor. 12. I went to the hardware store and purchased a T40 torx bit to remove the panel behind the driver seat. 13. I cut out a section of foam and took some measurements as that is where I intend to put my battery. 14. I searched the interior for Ford's Customer Connection Points like they put in the full size transits, but the TC doesn't appear to have them. I wanted to charge my battery with the CCP. 15. I searched the inside of the engine compartment for a place to put a solenoid. There is very little room and this part of the job is very intimidating to me. Still not sure where it will go. 16. I searched the van for a path to bring the cable from the solenoid to the aux battery. This is also not obvious. Anyway, that's where I am. Very interested in hearing how others are charging their aux battery with the alternator. Next steps include: 1. Making cross beams between the 2 boards to put my elevated bed. 2. Making some kind of contraption in the front to support the bed. I'm thinking 80/20 as much as I can. 3. Getting all the electrical bits installed: fan, switches, lights, charging ports, etc
  8. PM'd you. But for the benefit of others: Make sure all the stuff on your handlebars are rotated to give it the lowest profile. Mine will fit without compressing the fork, but I compress the fork anyway just to make it a little easier.  To compress the fork I loop a ratchet strap between my aftermarket front disc guard and the fork.
  9. The center console is still there. I don't feel the wheel chock is necessary. Tie down's to the pegs and the rear wheel seem to be good enough. I'm not even using the ones on the forks anymore.
  10. Here is the current strap setup. I plan on making all custom straps with the high quality cam buckles and swivel locking caribiners.
  11. I bought a white 2019 Transit Connect XL for 24K on 5/3/19. I got the tow package, cruise control, and SYNC3. My long term goal is a modular set up that allows it to be both a camper van and a moto van without a lot of hassle. Moto Van Requirements: Able to secure my 2008 WR450F without it bouncing around on a dirt road (a second dirt bike would be nice) Able to fit riding gear Able to fit camping gear Campervan Requirements: All equipment removable for motorcycle hauling purposes Lightweight for the mpgs and modularity Pretty wood and cool design for the future lady Secure for when leaving valuables at a risky trailhead Able to sleep 2 Immediate goals: Floor mats Sun shade Equipment for securing motorcycle